Friday, January 08, 2010

UK Met Office boss: failed predictions, huge salary, grilled, failed

The U.K. Met Office has incorrectly predicted a BBQ summer 2009, mild winter 2009/2010, and the boss - John Hirst - has collected performance-related bonuses that have put his salary above that of prime minister Gordon Brown. Well, BBC has asked some obvious questions:

See the video at the BBC website.

As expected, we couldn't get any coherent answers. There aren't any. At least, we have heard that despite complete failures in predicting anything about the weather for the next season, they're the best ones in the world in predicting the climate in 2050.

Well, it's probably not that hard to be the best among a particular group of pseudoscientific hacks - and the British taxpayers are foolish to pay this guy a salary - even the highest public job salary in the country.

Hat tip: Olda K.

By the way, seals and fish suffer because of global warming:

US Weather Bureau Report

The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consul Ifft, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers, he declared, all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

I'm sorry, I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922 as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post. (Via Amie Hedstrom.)

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